Today I put the ‘Absolute’ and ‘Sumay, Guam’ (a tribute to a Guam village lost to colonialism decades ago and is now US Naval Base Guam) stickers on the on the transom and Pete epoxied and bolted the mounts for our Aries self-steering windvane in place. Here is a video of someone else’s Aries in action.
So if you watch the wooden fin that sticks up in the back, when the boat steers off of it’s point of sail relative to the wind (due to waves, current or wind shift) that fin gets blown to one side, swinging the pendulum below and the connected small rudder to change it direction in the water and then pull lines connected to the tiller or wheel helm that turn the boat back toward your desired point of sail! Voila! This should hopefully make the trip a lot easier on our minds, feet, and sleep cycles.
Our transom is really happy today!!